Social Research Call

”la Caixa” Foundation launches an open and competitive call to fund excellent, innovative and socially-oriented research projects.


    Proposals must be based on robust quantitative methodologies to provide new reliable knowledge to broaden our understanding of the major challenges of today.

    The submission of proposals is structured through a two-stage procedure:


    • First stage: from 27 April to 1 June 2020

    • Second stage: July - September 2020


    • This call will support excellent social research projects that rely on data to provide robust quantitative evidence and insights about current and emerging social challenges through an original and innovative approach.

    • Projects must be based on data-driven research using quantitative methods and focused on Spain and/or Portugal (or, if not, must be replicable to them).


    €1.5 million available to be awarded, with up to €100,000 per project of up to 24 months duration.


    The call is open to researchers who can demonstrate research independence and evidence of prior achievements. For this reason, applicants (PLs) need to meet the following requirements:

    • At least 1 scientific article in Q1 journals according to the rankings Scimago Journal Rank (SJR) from Scopus or the Journal Citations Report (JCR) from Web of Science. For the latter, only indexes Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) and Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) are considered.

    • Applicants must hold a PhD awarded more than 2 years before the call deadline as written in the Rules for participation (i.e. before 20 May 2018).

    The call is aimed at supporting proposals led by individual researchers of any nationality who conduct their research activity at a non-profit research organization: public or private university or research centre legally based in Spain or Portugal.



    Call opening (first stage)
    27 April 2020

    Submission deadline
    1 June 2020, at 2 p.m. CET

    from June to July 2020



    Call opening (second stage)
    July 2020

    Submission deadline
    15 September 2020, at 2 p.m. CET

    from September to October 2020

    Face-to-face selection committee in Barcelona
    19 and 20 November 2020

    Resolution announcement
    30 November 2020


    • The submission of proposals is structured incrementally through a two-stage procedure. Applicants will submit a 3-page short proposal describing the research idea and the social challenge(s) addressed, taking into consideration its novel and innovative aspects.

    • Applicants with successful preselected short proposals will be invited to submit a full proposal of a maximum of 15 pages providing detailed information on the project and the methodology behind as well as to demonstrate their capabilities to conduct the research proposed.

    • Both proposals and the documents required have to be submitted in English. All information regarding this programme will be exclusively available in English.


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